Chargers promote Hunter to offensive coordinator

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

While most teams are changing pieces to their staff, the San Diego Chargers have decided to hire from within their organization.The Chargers needed a new offensive coordinator.

Clarence Shelmon, who was the Chargers offensive coordinator, decided to leave the team after 10 years. The team promoted Hal Hunter to the offensive coordinator position.

He was previously the team’s offensive line coach. However, with this promotion, he is expected to serve both roles with the team for the 2012 season.

“Hal has been an important part of our offense since I’ve been here,” coach Norv Turner said. “He has a complete understanding of what we want to do in the run and the pass.”

Hunter was the Chargers offensive line coach from 2006 through the 2011 season. Before being hired by the franchise, he had no prior experience in the NFL.

This will be his first offensive coordinator opportunity in the league. He was last an offensive coordinator with the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

The 2011 Chargers did not live up to expectations. The team finished the season with an 8-8 mark.

Under Turner and Shelmon, the offense scored 25.4 points per game. The Chargers defense allowed 23.6 points per game.

San Diego had five games, where they scored 30 or more points per game. Their season high was 38, which happened three times.

They scored 38 points in a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 6. Then, on Dec. 5, the team also scored 38 points in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Chargers also scored 38 points in the regular season finale against the Oakland Raiders on Jan. 1.

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